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Quotes on Depression

 

“Give yourself another day, another chance. You will find your courage eventually. Don’t give up on yourself just yet.”
- Unknown

 

"Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer."
- Dorothy Rowe

 

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

“I didn't want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that's really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you're so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.”
- Ned Vizzini

 

“You say you’re ‘depressed’ – all I see is resilience. You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn’t mean you’re defective – it just means you’re human.”
- David Mitchell

 

"A big part of depression is feeling really lonely, even if you're in a room full of a million people."
- Lilly Singh

 

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”
- C.S. Lewis

 

“If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather.

Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.”
― Stephen Fry

 

“In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”
—Albert Camus

 

 

“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.”
- Jacques Prevert

 

"It is very hard to explain to people who have never known serious depression or anxiety the sheer continuous intensity of it. There is no off switch. I was overwhelmed by something I did not understand—my own brain."
- Matt Haig

 

“Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. . . . It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope.

That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.”
- J.K. Rowling

 

“That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end.”
- Elizabeth Wurtzel

 

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh

 

"We can alleviate physical pain, but mental pain - grief, despair, depression, dementia—is less accessible to treatment. It's connected to who we are—our personality, our character, our soul, if you like."
- Richard Eyre

 

“I saw the world in black and white instead of the vibrant colours and shades I knew existed.”
- Katie McGarry

 

“In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant… My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known — no wonder, then, that I return the love.”
- Soren Kierkegaard

 

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